Nancy Mueller, a two-time Midwest Region Coach of the Year, is in her fourth season as an assistant coach for the Hoosier Volleyball program. Mueller has 20 years of collegiate coaching experience, including 10 years running a Division I program as the head coach.
Mueller's first season at Indiana was a historic one, as Indiana advanced to the NCAA Tournament and made a run to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in program history. The Hoosiers finished the season 23-12 and saw Ashley Benson and Jordan Haverly earn All-Big Ten recognition. The Hoosiers won a 3-1 thriller at home over eventual NCAA champion Penn State, and IU took down Tennessee and Miami in NCAA first and second round action.
Season two in Bloomington saw Caitlin Cox break the school record for career digs, and Samantha Thrower tie a national record for hitting percentage in a match with 15 kills on 15 swings against Buffalo. The Hoosiers also took non-conference tournament titles at both home tourneys, winning the Hoosier Classic and the IU Classic.
In 2012, the Hoosiers showed glimpses of great things to come, taking victories over 17th-ranked Purdue at home and Wisconsin, Northwestern and Iowa on the road. During the season, Kelci Marschall and Haverly both eclipsed 1,000 career kills becoming Indiana's 15th and 16th members of the 1,000-kill club. Haverly hauled in honorable mention All-Big Ten laurels for her efforts on the season.
Mueller served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Bradley University during the 2009 season. Before her stop in Peoria, Ill., she was a head coach for 10 years between the University of Illinois at Chicago (2004-08) and the University of South Florida (1999-03).
Mueller led UIC to improved records in each of her first three seasons, culminating in the Flames' best regular-season conference finish in 2006 when the Flames took second in the Horizon League.
In addition to the most successful regular season in program history, she guided UIC to the championship game of the 2006 Horizon League Tournament, marking just the second championship game appearance in program history.
During her time at UIC, Mueller coached six First Team Horizon League performers, including the school's career assists leader.
Prior to her five-year stint as head coach at UIC, Mueller had five very successful seasons at South Florida, where she owned a 106-60 (.639) record. She led the Bulls to two NCAA Tournament appearances and was a two-time AVCA Midwest Regional Coach of the Year selection.
All told, she led USF to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2000 and 2002, two Conference USA regular-season championships (2000, 2002) and a Conference USA Tournament title (2002), while coaching the school's first-ever All-American and three all-region selections.
In her second season, the Bulls posted a 28-6 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament after claiming the Conference USA Regular Season title in 2000. Mueller earned the first of two AVCA Regional Coach of the Year honors.
USF followed up with a 21-9 record in 2001 and was ranked as high as fifth in the Midwest Region. The 2002 season was arguably the Bulls best under Mueller, as South Florida finished the season with a 30-7 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. USF claimed both the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles, while Mueller was named AVCA Regional Coach of the Year in addition to being selected as the Conference USA Coach of the Year.
Mueller was an assistant coach at Houston for four years before taking over at USF. The Cougars made four consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament (1995-98) during her time in the Lone Star State. Mueller started her coaching career at Iowa State, where she was an assistant coach from 1993-95.
A 1993 graduate of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, Exercise Physiology, Mueller was a four-time letterwinner for the Volunteers as a defensive specialist and setter.
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